Daley and Blues braced for improved Maroons in Origin II

Billy Slater’s suspect shoulder is set to be given its sternest test since his return to the NRL with NSW intent on harassing Queensland’s No.1 at every opportunity in his State of Origin return.

“I was taught as a young boy to respect who’s in control of the game”.

Thurston’s presence will be vital for the Maroons, who made seven changes from their game one shellacking and will be gunning for victory in game two at ANZ Stadium on Wednesday.

Should the Maroons take an early lead and show that they will not be bullied as they were in Game 1, the tension inside Sydney’s ANZ Stadium will ratchet up and could have a major influence on the outcome of the match.

“That’s huge for me making me feel like I’m not stuck on one side of the field”, Hayne said.

“He loves a good out ball, he’s strong, he’s a good defender, a good reader of defence and can read the players real well”. It’s normally a bit dewy anyway. “But all they can do is get ready as best they can and get ready for the onslaught”, Walters said.

“The last time we were here (in Sydney) for an Origin game, the penalty count was 12-4″.

Commentary Box Sports is counting down the finest debut appearances in State of Origin’s 38 seasons, with the first part of Adam Mogg’s unforgettable two-game Origin cameo in 2006 kicking off the top half of the list. And it appears the Blues don’t want to make it one to remember.

“All this negative talk about him (Glasby) puts pressure on us”.

Cordner is yet to discuss with Daley the coach’s plans beyond this year with speculation the Blues boss has been worn down in the past five years, but his skipper hoped a series win might convince the coach to stay on. He’s probably the most passionate guy I’ve been coached by and I know how much this jersey and this team means to him. “Being an ex-player he understands when there’s an opportunity – especially in Origin – you have to take them”. The Blues with the chance to claim their first State of Origin series since 2014. But his message to his teammates has been a lot sterner, advising them to avoid the media noise emanating from Camp Maroons and finish the job as he tries to settle his own frayed nerves.

Daley said he thought this pack was better than what Queensland rolled out in Game I.

His unbelievable display was typified following his try, which wrapped up the game, with Fifita strolling back to the bench like a peacock, silencing the usually parochial Brisbane crowd.

“Playing against him, he’s a really good wrestler”.